Saturday, November 12, 2011

Review - Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

Book Summary from Amazon

From the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books comes the gripping first novel in a new series about a private eye who discovers, to her surprise, that she’s an immortal huntress.

Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy. But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . . .

My Review - 2 1/2 Not My Cup of Tea

My first taste of Urban Fantasy, it was an ok read, but not my cup of tea.  Not sure if I will try more or continue the series, I doubt it. 

I love kick ass females and mythology so I thought I will give this one a try. I keep trying YA, why I don't know, I always want more.

This was a story of the Gods, the Descendants, children of the gods and the Olympians. A battle of entitlement and power.  I felt the whole story glossed over, gave a little of everything but not enough to feel fully engaged.  The characters were just ok.

My main issue with this YA was that I felt words were immature, geez.., woo-woo..., I rolled my eyes.  Also at times I felt like the author was spoon feeding me as if I didn't have a brain.  Especially considering that beforehand I'd been seriously injured in a car accident, then been kicked in the face, then nearly perished from exposure.  I said to myself, hello, I just read that.  So it wasn't repetitive, I can't think of the word but you know when someone is talking down to you as if you won't understand, I got that feeling.

I also didn't enjoy Nikki not understanding or finding out more information about being immortal.  This was just never answered to my liking.  And I know that is why it is part of a series but still I wished I knew more.

Overall this was an easy read.  I didn't struggle or want to give up but did force myself to read faster so I can be done with it faster. 

My regular followers, this is not for us.  It was not a bad read, executed ok but it really wasn't my cup of tea.

Is all Urban Fantasy YA?  Jenna Black is also a favourite in this genre, I definitely didn't get the 'hype'.  I wouldn't begin to think who to recommend this to.


  1. I'm not too familiar with the Urban Fantasy genre, but I believe the Dresden Files books are considered Urban Fantasy. You might give those a try if you are looking to try the genre again from an adult aspect.

  2. YA is tough for me too for the exact same reason. Some good UF authors are Ilona Andrews and her Magic Bites series Kim Harrison with Rachel Morgan and my fave is Karen Marie Moning's Fever series.

    Yeah I read Inferno since it was one of the if you like Fifty you'll probably like this too. Very very intense and I liked Julia much more than Ana


  3. The only urban fantasy I tried was Patricia Briggs' The Mercedes Thompson Series - Moon Called was the first one and that's the only one I read. I read it before blogging, before knowing urban fantasy is so popular. I just saw it at the library and thought it sounded interesting. I am not against vampires, werewolves type of story, but I want something different than the usual. Not a bad book, just not really into urban fantasy. I think it's quite popular as there are now 6 books. It is YA I think. Maybe I should see if there are non YA urban fantasy. I just feel too old lol.

  4. I think you just chose the wrong one - there are plenty of adult urban fantasy titles out there. I'd suggest Hounded by Kevin Hearne which was my favourite new series this year. I'd also recommend Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, Kim Harrisons Hollows series or Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series
    I hope you give the genre another try!

  5. I'm pretty sure that Dark Descendant is adult urban fantasy and there are a lot of other adult series out there :) I would recommend Moon Called by Patricia Briggs as a good starting point for urban fantasy if you are willing to give it a try. Thanks for the honest review...I actually enjoyed this one to tell you the truth :)


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